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How To Reach Mawlynnong
Mawlynnong is a small but beautiful village located in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya in the north-eastern part of India. Widely known for being the cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong is made up of a local community that works hard at maintaining its status. The village’s lush greenery makes it a lovely spectacle along with its floral ambience making it worthy of a visit almost all year long. Mawlynnong is also strategically located very close to the Indo-Bangladesh border, which allows visitors to enjoy views of the neighbouring country from a number of ideal spots around the district. Mawlynnong is not truly remote but is nonetheless, most accessible only via road. Since there are no rail lines that run through Meghalaya, the only other way to enter the state is via air travel. Read on to know more about the most convenient ways to reach Mawlynnong.
Mawlynnong can only be reached directly via road. The nearest airport is the Shillong Airport, also known as Umroi Airport, located in the capital city of Shillong. Domestic flights from all across the country fly to Shillong directly; there are also connecting flights available to the city. The distance from the airport to Mawlynnong is just around 90 km; travellers can choose to book a private car or take buses from the airport to reach Mawlynnong.
If you choose to hit the road to reach Mawlynnong, your best option is to first reach Shillong or Cherrapunji, which is located roughly 90 km and 92 km away respectively. Buses do not usually run directly to Mawlynnong from either city. Most buses go till the village of Dawki, which is about 17 km away from Mawlynnong. Travellers often end up spending some time sightseeing at Dawki before catching another direct bus to Mawlynnong.
There are also private taxis available that will take you to your destination directly and in the most convenient manner. From Shillong, one can take a cab till the Khasi Hills Sumo stand at the Bara Bazaar market and then take a shared sumo directly to Mawlynnong.
Mawlynnong is a small village that can be easily enjoyed solely on foot. A lot of people choose to explore Mawlynnong as part of a day trip from Shillong or Cherrapunji, but there are also accommodations available for those who would like to stay a day or two. Homestays and guest houses are primarily the only choices travellers will have with stay options here, which is the best way to interact with the locals and learn more about the Khasi tribe's way of living.